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West Region Academic Programmes

18 Academic Foundation posts

An Academic Foundation Programme (W24) comprising 18 posts is available in Glasgow. The programme has been running since 2007 and admits 18 trainees per year. It offers the same clinical training as other Foundation posts, but will also include additional tuition and assessment intended to prepare the post holder for a future career in academia. This leaflet provides a brief overview of the programme. 

What the Academic Programme Offers

The Academic Programme will be based within the Academic Units of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow with a contribution from Academic Primary Care in West Glasgow. Post holders will rotate through these departments for the whole two year programme.  Trainees will be expected to attain exactly the same core clinical skills as all Foundation doctors, and these will be assessed through the same mechanism. In addition, a separate set of academic competencies will be set, and their attainment overseen by an Academic Supervisor appointed by the Graduate School of the Glasgow University Medical Faculty. A series of tutorials, workshops and practical skill sessions will be provided throughout the programme, supplemented with individual mentorship by the supervisor. Demonstration of competence will include written work (such as a literature review), and project work (including presentation and continuous assessment). 

Who Should Apply?

The aim of the programme is to encourage those individuals with an interest in research and teaching to pursue their goals. As such we invite all those who are thinking about a future in academia to apply. Applications to this programme are made through submission of a completed application form and curriculum vitae.


FY1 will comprise three blocks, each of four months’ duration, based either at the Royal Infirmary or the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. All blocks will be in medicine or surgery although the option of a rotation through anaesthetics may be available. In addition to standard clinical duties and training, academic FY1 doctors will be instructed in generic research skills. The educational programme will include workshops, tutorials and practical sessions across a wide variety of disciplines including:

  • Ethical issues
  • Writing and presentation skills
  • Statistics and data interpretation
  • Critical appraisal of literature
  • Clinical trial design
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Good clinical practice
  • Computer skills

There will be a core curriculum of compulsory teaching sessions, supplemented by additional content which will be discretionary. By the end of FY1 the post holder should be familiar with:

  • Ethical principles in clinical research
  • Critical appraisal of research papers
  • Commonly-used investigative techniques

At the end of FY1 an assessment process (statistics exam and written work) will be completed and submitted to the supervisor as part of the assessment process.


FY2 will also comprise three blocks, each of four months’ duration, based at the Royal Infirmary, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow, the Royal Hospital for Children, Gartnaval General Hospital, Leverndale Hospital, the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre or in General Practice. A choice of disciplines will be offered, including:

  • General internal medicine
  • Pathology / molecular medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Neurology
  • Haematology
  • Neurosurgery 
  • General practice
  • Rheumatology
  • Biochemistry
  • General surgery
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Neonatology

(This list is not exhaustive and may be modified)

All attachments will be hosted by the relevant academic departments under the aegis of Glasgow University. Post holders will rotate around three of these disciplines in FY2, and will be expected to play a full part in the clinical and academic work of each unit. Each unit will also provide a series of tutorials relevant to its particular specialty, offered to all academic FY2 doctors within the programme. These tutorials will be delivered over 30 half day sessions spread throughout the year. The choice of which tutorials to attend will be made by the post holder.

During FY2 the same academic mentor will oversee the post holder’s progress. Assessment in FY2 will comprise written submissions, presentation of a research or audit project and continuous appraisal.

Contacts and more information

For more information about the Academic Foundation Programme, please contact one of the following:

This page was last updated on: 06.03.2018 at 16.54.